The Leisure Park can accommodate tents, caravans and motor homes. There is a well stocked shop for the essentials you may have forgotten, as well as an on site cafe (The Batch Cafe) and even a beauty salon. As Gertie is a motor home and we have no alternative transport we always aim to stay places where we can set up camp and then not move her until it's time to pack up and go home.
Gertie on our pitch
After we'd set up camp we decided to go for a walk and head in the general direction of the pub - The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow. Last time we'd visited the site we'd done a circular walk that took in this pub. Although we'd arrived too early for it to be open. Which was surprising because it had taken us forever to walk there, it was hard to believe it wasn't yet lunch time. We'd gone wrong some how and knew we had to cross the canal and so had followed the line of the canal looking in vain for somewhere to cross. This time we found a more direct and nicer route and even better the pub was open.
After a cider (I'm not really a drinker, but I've not developed a taste for Thatchers Haze!) we walked back to our pitch and Chief cooked us dinner.
Burger on a field mushroom topped with halloumi and onion
Sundown on a lovely first day.
Inside The Batch Cafe
Mushrooms on toast - yum! and breakfast tea
It was a big day with the Royal wedding and we couldn't get a TV signal, so I'd given up hope of watching any of it. But then Chief managed to hook his ipad up to his mobile 4G and we sat outside Gertie and watched Meghan arrive and walk up the aisle. We smiled through Michael Curry's speech and then got a tad bored.
There were tears in my eyes as I watched this and I
don't usually get emotional at weddings!
It was such a lovely day and we were itching to get out for a walk and (another Thatcher's Haze!) so we headed back to The Gibraltar Arms at Enslow. We were still full from breakfast, which we'd had quite late, otherwise we'd have had lunch at the pub. We just shared a bowl of chips and then decided we'd walk on along the canal to Thrupp where we could get an ice cream at Annie's Tea Rooms.
canal side home dreams - imagine being able to eat and relax
here overlooking the canal!
Bunting at Annie's Tea Rooms at Thrupp
Crossing a bridge at Hampton Gay
Roe deer back at Bletchingdon
I came back from the walk hot and sweaty, but thankfully Greenhill Farm has great washing facilities. It was nice to then sit outside Gertie with my book (Although the family in the next pitch did like to have Radio 2 blaring away all the time, which I found a bit distracting.) Later Chief cooked us fillet steak (Which to be honest neither of us wanted - do you lose your appetite in the hot weather?)
This duck came to see us when we set up pitch and then
would come back to check on us periodically.